School Grants


The Strafford County Master Gardeners Association is committed to providing research-based gardening education to communities in Strafford County.

In 2018, we created this grant program to assist K-12 school teachers in their gardening programs.

The grant is named in honor of Carolyn Bassage, an educator, who was instrumental in forming the SCMGA.

To find out if your school is participating in this program, ask your principal or send an email to SCMGA.grants(at)gmail(dot)com.

Grant Request Form: Submit before October 1 or March 1.


Children’s Gardening Books: Grant funds may be requested for these books to support your gardening program.

Suggested Books for Grades K-2                                                                

  • Busy in the Garden by George Shannon (a poetry book)
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Compost Stew:  An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna
  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
  • Eddie’s Garden and How to Make Things Grow by Sarah Garland
  • Flip, Float, Fly: Seed on the Move by Jo Ann Early Macken
  • The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and Leslie Evans
  • From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
  • Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden by Renata Brown
  • How a Seed Grows by Helene Jordan
  • I Heard It from Alice Zucchini: Poems about the Garden by Juanita Havill
  • Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole
  • Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!  By Candace Fleming
  • Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants by Bonnie Worth
  • Plant a Seed & See What Grows by Roland Gahler
  • A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston
  • Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola
  • And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
  • The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  • Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messer
  • The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
  • What’s Inside a Flower? By Rachel Ignotofsky

Suggested Books for Grades 3-5

  • Botanicum: Welcome to the Museum by Kathy Willis
  • Botany: Plants, Cell and Photosynthesis by April Terraza (ages 7-9)
  • Experiments With Plants by Isabel Thomas
  • Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by Jo Ann Early Macken
  • Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden by Renata Brown
  • In the Garden by Emma Giuilini
  • Kids’ Container Gardening: Year-Round Projects for Inside and Out bCindy Krezel (grades 5-8)
  • Lively Plant Science Projects by Ann Benbow
  • The Magic School Bus® Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow by Patricia Relf
  • Plant Life Cycles by Mara Grunbaum
  • Super Simple Things to Do with Plants: Fun and Easy Science for Kids by Kelly Doudna
  • A World of Plants by Martin Jenkins

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History of School Grants Awarded:

2022 Spring

  1. Maple Wood School, Somersworth:  Fiction and non-fiction gardening books for the school library.
  2. Barrington Elementary School, Barrington:  Rain barrel and watering cans to maintain gardens.
  3. Maple Street Magnet School, Rochester:  Materials for additional raised beds.

2021 Fall

  1. McClelland Elementary School, Rochester:  Books and crafts related to hands-on gardening

2021 Spring

  1. Idlehurst School, Somersworth:  Gardening tools
  2. Maple Street Magnet School, Rochester:  Raised beds
  3. Maple Wood Elementary School, Somersworth:  Drip irrigation system and tools

2020 Fall

  1. Barrington Elementary School, Barrington:  Raised bed pollinator garden

2019 Fall

  1. Garrison Elementary, Dover:  Vegetable gardening learn, grow, eat
  2. Maple Wood Elementary, Somersworth:  Raised beds and cold frames

2019 Spring

  1. Idlehurst Elementary School, Somersworth:  Pollinator and herb project
  2. Maple Wood Elementary School, Somersworth:  3 sisters seedling study
  3. Nute Middle High School, Milton:  Composting project


Are you looking for seeds for a school project? Check out the Free Seed Project for further information. Email what you are looking for to, and we will accommodate you to the best of our ability.